Managing the Connected Home — Webinar presented by HomeAway and BeHome247

Managing the Connected Home — Webinar presented by HomeAway and BeHome247

August 15, 2014: On August 7, Joe Urman and Joseph Morris of BeHome247 delivered a 30-minute webinar along with Brian Buck of HomeAway. This fast-paced session covered the evolving uses of Internet connectivity to control devices throughout the home — including locks, thermostats, lights, cameras, and more. However, as you will see, it’s not about the devices, it’s all about the software that brings them together on one dashboard for your convenience. Spend a half-hour on this introductory webinar, and you’ll see how software makes sense of the constantly increasing array of hardware being created for the connected home. (You’ll see a few olive boxes on the screen toward the end of the show. Those are artifacts of the webinar controls and not an artistic...
The Stew of Expectations

The Stew of Expectations

Expectations Vacation home guests have minimum expectations that have evolved rapidly in the last couple of years. One of the most important of these is always on, high-speed Internet connectivity. The entire family has become tethered to the Internet for entertainment, news, social media, and business. Even if Mom or Dad wants a break from business interruptions, the kids don’t want breaks from their online routines. Look at the new Levi’s Stadium, just about to open in Santa Clara as the home of the 49ers. It’s got its own app, and great efforts have been made to provide signal strength inside the venue so that no fan has to suffer a moment of being unconnected. A common problem in all professional and collegiate sports is that the couch experience is better than the in-seat experience, and ticket sales are suffering as a result. This is particularly acute in NASCAR; why fight the traffic and the crowds, pay the expense of tickets and concessions, not be able to access Facebook from your smartphone, and suffer other inconveniences when you get a much more enjoyable view of the sport while sitting in front of your big-screen TV in the comfort of your own home? Much is being written in the tech press now about making the offline experience compete with the online experience, not just in spectator sports but also in shopping. The next extension of this trend in vacation homes will be an expectation of home automation along with the basic connectivity. More and more consumers are installing smart home devices from locks to thermostats, and they’re not looking for...